What is the Best Time to Buy a New TV?

A common question that gets asked by consumers is what is the best time to buy a new TV? As February starts to wane, in the United States the country starts to get ready for March Madness. Whether or not you are a basketball fan, this also works out to be a great time to take advantage of TV sales that retailers will put into place to help off-load inventory of the HDTV and other television models that failed to sell during the pre-Super Bowl time frame. Once March passes, there are a number of “sweet spots” throughout the year that are good windows for smart shoppers to take advantage of deep discounts on electronics.

Buying a New TV in March

Starting in late February into March, many electronics retailers start looking to free inventory of the televisions and other electronics which did not sell over the Holidays and lead-up to the Super Bowl. Another factor that impacts HDTV prices in the March Madness time frame is that it is almost time for newer television models to hit the shelves. This places a requirement on both brick-n-mortar stores like Target and Wal-Mart as well as online retailers such as Amazon to clear inventory to make room for the newer TV models. Although waiting until March to buy a new flat screen will mean you miss out on watching the end of the NFL season on the new device, sports fans are able to enjoy the various college basketball conference and NCAA basketball tournaments, www.dtvusaforum.com/sports-talk/53177-2014-ncaa-tournament-schedule.html, on their new TV.
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Is July a Good Time to Buy a TV?

The next good window to shop for a new TV is in July. Landing in the middle of summer for most folks, retailers are hungry to bring in fresh business to offset the drop in sales due to families being more “vacation” focused. As a result, it is pretty common for stores that sell electronics to offer significant savings or related discounts to get shoppers into the store.

Does Anyone Really Save Money on TVs on Black Friday?

The short answer is yes. The real question that consumers must ask themselves; however, is if they want to go shopping at a very early hour or fight crowds to get the best deal on a TV? Almost all major electronics dealers such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Target offer significant savings and deals bordering on 50% off on some television models in this time frame. To help offset some of the issues with crowds in 2013, some retailers starting offering Black Friday deals earlier in the week as well.

What is the Big Deal with Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday has traditionally been one of the biggest online shopping deals of the year for those who want to avoid the Black Friday crowds. Electronics retailers such as Dell, Amazon, and even Wal-Mart take advantage of this day by providing consumers with significant discounts on televisions, Blu-Ray players, and other goods. Some will even through in free or almost free shipping for one’s purchase in this window (can be a big savings when one is buying a 50 inch or larger television set!).

Taking Advantage of the Super Bowl to Buy a New TV

As retailers recover from the Christmas rush, the next window for deep discounts on new television sets is throughout the month of January prior to the Super Bowl occurring in the start of February. Although you may miss out on some of the playoffs or college bowl games by waiting until January to buy a new TV, the sales prices in this month commonly rival those seen on Black Friday or Cyber Monday by retailers and has been discussed by major consumer news provider, CNET, for several years now: Is now the best time to buy a TV? | Crave - CNET

What Should One Look for in a New TV?

At the time of this writing, HDTVs have continued to improve in quality. The most current models are extremely thin. For example, SAMSUNG has HDTVs for sale today that are only 0.3 inches thick that range up to 55-inches in length. For those who want to enjoy the most out of a new HDTV for this year’s March Madness, buying a set with a 120 HZ refresh rate or higher will provide the optimal performance for the fast motion seen at times in basketball; however, if you are looking to save a few more dollars large screen HDTVs up to the 50 inch size can now be purchased for less than $700 USD from many brick-n-mortar and online retailers such as Amazon.
Another popular trend with large screen TVs is including LED backlighting in the sets. This helps reduce the bulk of the TV as well has helps conserve the total amount of electricity or energy that the set will consume. Most of the LED equipped models are now being sold with Internet capability as well. This feature allows the sets to be directly connected to the WiFi network in a home or business making it possible to watch popular streaming services such as Hulu Plus, Netflix, or Amazon Prime. Some models will even come with options to login to Facebook or watch Youtube as part of the service. These features are also becoming increasingly popular on Blu-Ray DVD players; however, so don’t necessarily constitute a “Must Have” for consumers if you have a player already equipped in the home.

Should You Buy a 3D TV?

The conventional wisdom from the past two years has been to only spend the money on a 3D TV if you are planning to enjoy and/or use the technology. If you don’t know, it may be best to choose a model without the capability in order to save up to a few hundred dollars. If the TV model that you want already has the capability, and there is no lower-priced option, then many would say why not get a 3D TV? Consumers are encouraged to perform their due diligence on available content before bringing a 3D TV into the home.

When Should a Consumer Buy a New TV?

At the end of the day, the best time to buy a new TV is when the consumer is ready to buy one. If you find yourself near one of the traditional windows of retailer sales referenced above, then its likely best to wait a few weeks and make the purchase. If you are not, then take a little time to research the current TV models and prices both online and in the brick-n-mortar stores close to where you live to make sure you make the smartest decision possible.

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